Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Reads: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

O.M.G.  How am I only discovering Rainbow Rowell now?

Seriously.

After reading so many raves from bloggers I love - I decided to finally load Fangirl onto my Kobo.  It took about three sentences for me to fall in love - bioth with Rowell's writing style and her character - a socially awkward girl heading off to college for the first time and finding herself ripped away from her identical twin who, while at the same college, is looking to forge her own path away from the one she shares a face with.   Cath is an english major who is sort of internet famous in her own way - as the fan fiction author of a series based on the "Simon Snow" books (think Harry Potter-esque).

I could so relate to Cath as she tried to find a way to keep true to herself and to satisfy her fans as the drama in her own freshman life begins to unfold. Through how unlikely friendships happen to blinding stumbling through the opening scenes of romance,  the book unfolds into a quirky coming-of-age chicklit novel for geeks.   Wow - that sounds odd written that way but it feels most honest for what this refreshing voice in fiction has provided.  Especially for those of us who may have had our own coming-of-age stories happen a bit later than most.

If you are a geek, secretly loving chicklit...nab this one.   I am about to log onto Kobo to devour the rest of her books immediately!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Run: Completed

It was a bit of a busy day for me, but 9pm and yesterday's Run: Interrupted is now Run: Completed.


Treadmill + Sleeping children + The Doctor = happy running momma.

and I did it faster than yesterdays run ;)  Win!

Sunshine Solo

With a stellar forecast for Saturday - and 20k on the calendar - I pretty much HAD to swap my long run day this weekend.  One can never allow a really nice day to be wasted during winter training.   In fact - I even decided to go a little later to see if it might make for less ice.  So I headed to Eau Claire at close to noon.

How many tragic errors in judgement can you count in paragraph?



My car was telling me it was 13C when I pulled into Eau Claire.   I was seriously questioning my choice of full tights and long sleeve top.  But I mentally bitchslapped myself and said "It's a light top and a January 13 is waaaay colder than a June 13 - especially near the river"



It was so awesome to have the UltrAspire on.  MUCH more comfortable than my belt.  My plan was to head toward Edworthy and see where I ended up.   I plugged in my music (something I rarely do anymore) and planned to just let the playlist carry me.  10k out, 10k back.  Done it a million times before.

And it started out great.  I was in shade for the first couple of kilometers.  And dressed perfectly.  But when I came into the sun - it was WARM.  So warm.  I pulled my thumbs out of their thumbholes and that helped a bit, but I couldn't roll my sleeves up.

The pathway was dry for the most part, but where the sun hit the wet patches, it was hard to tell if they were water or ice.


Add to that - my head started to pound. I had had a cup of coffee at home and brought one for the road as a backup so it shouldn't have been a caffeine headache.   My best guess was that it was my body telling me should have had lunch first.

When I hit Crowchild - a kayaker passed in the river below.  Not your usual Calgary Fare for January.



But I forged on.  I altered my strict out and back plan.  I decided to stop at 5k at Tri-it - use their washroom and buy myself a couple of gels with caffeine in them.  Then - I would turn back and got 5k out on the other side of Eau Claire to make up the 20 in chunks.  I was happy with this idea.  It would also give me more bathroom opportunities since my bladder decided to shrink for the run!

Freshly armed with a caffeinated Gu - I turned back.


and steeled myself for the next 15k. (this was my determined face...even if it looks a bit angry)


I downed the Gu and waited for the headache to subside.

No such luck.

I had pretty much decided to take a longer pause at Eau Claire and eat a sandwich or something, but the path was icier on the North side of the river and I was taking more and more walk breaks, which only demoralized me more.  The headache was starting to make me feel nauseous and I was starting to worry that I might end up out with a migraine if it kept progressing like this.

I was also overheating pretty severely.  I had plenty of water, but I came close to peeling my shirt off.  Anyone who knows me will understand that THAT is not a sight I would have willingly graced Calgary's pathways with.  You can all thank me for not doing it.  I just overheated in silence.

I did find $5 on the path though - so that made me smile through the pain.

When I reached Eau Claire - I hadn't completely sold myself on quitting quite yet, but I was feeling dejected and really just wanted the run to be over so I could go home and kill the headache.

So I ended it.  Shut off my Garmin and headed to my car.



10k.  on my 20k day of my Half Training.





I suck.  But I refuse to beat myself up too badly over it.    I will make up the other half of the run tomorrow (maybe I'll even go a bit further than 10k to really make it up)  I read a great article a while back about the merits of splitting up a long run (worth reading - click the link...especially if you have a marathon coming up).  I know that as long as I get the distance in this weekend - I will still be in ok shape for the half.

I am not going into Hypo with high hopes for performance.  Hell - if I end up walking it, they will still give me my medal.  This has been a hellish winter for motivation and training.  The whole point of registering for Hypo was to keep me moving through the winter and it has kind of done that.  I am focussing instead on finishing it safely without hurting myself as I head into marathon training, which I will need to take much more seriously than this.

So, let's review all the ways I screwed up my long run this week, shall we?

  • Starting much later in the day than I usually would - knocked my rhythm right off
  • Waiting too long after breakfast and not eating lunch before
  • Caffeine withdrawal?
  • Overdressed (I seriously thought I'd be ok)
What I did right:
  • adjusting the plan to fit the run
  • bringing my debit card so I was able to buy a caffeine Gu even if it didn't solve the problem.
  • Listening to my body and stopping when I needed to
  • Walking wherever the path was sketchy
  • Not killing myself for the mental exercise when I knew I stood a better chance of succeeding another day.
  • I found $5.  That's like almost being paid to run...
Now, tomorrow...I think I'll be making up the other 10k with the Doctor.  That sounds quite lovely.  Now if only I had a Tardis here that could just deliver me to a km before the finish line on race day...





Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Reads: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This one came highly recommended to me by many bloggers and I had bought it a while ago on a lark - I just hadn't started it yet.  I'm not sure why.

But then, after the holidays, I finally had time to read again and I finished up the books I had been reading and decided to dive right in.

Within the first few pages, I wasn't sure I was going to keep going.  Morgenstern describes EVERYTHING.  Normally getting over descriptive can really get on my nerves, but soon I looked down and I was already 25% of the way through the book!  I was hooked and I hadn't even realized it!  The book had drawn me right into the magical, colourful world of the circus and there was no looking back.

To describe the plot, I think I'll leave that to the jacket description.  I've tried to articulate it a few times and my brain can't seem to send the message to my hands :)

From Amazon:
In this mesmerizing debut, a competition between two magicians becomes a star-crossed love story.

The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.

Welcome to Le Cirque des RĂªves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway - a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
This a masterfully woven tale.  I highly recommend it.  The characters are well developed and quickly become dear friends.  The world is skillfully painted.  The circus becomes a place to both thrill and enchant. It is an adventure and a love story; a fantasy and a thriller.  Honestly - before I was halfway through - this one had made my "Favourite Books of All Time" list.

Just read it already.  I promise you'll love it.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lunch Warrior

With my former Kettlebelles group moving on to P90X3 and my decision not to - I know I will still need the motivation of the group to keep me on track as I move into my serious spring training.  So I compromised and said I would run on the treadie while they did their videos in the gym.

Today was the first day that worked out for all of us.  We headed down early to make sure I could get a mill, but they were all full when I got there.  So I hopped onto the elliptical with the hopes that I could get a mill quickly.

I started up my Doctor Who (YAY!) and started the motions.  GAWD I dislike the elliptical pretty strongly.   My feet just seem to go numb within moments.  But I persevered and after one false start (someone got off a mill, but another person was already queued for it), I finally got a treadmill around 10 mins into my workout.


1.33km done.  On to the more enjoyable RUN part of my day.  Fired up the treadie and hit play on The Doctor.

Time for a blurry mid-run mirror selfie (Hey - I warned y'all it'd be a landslide of selfies)  This MAY be my best one yet.


Kept it pretty easy but I was still sweating like mad.  This momma is feeling a bit out of shape these days.  Gotta put the work in to get me back where I was.

In the end - I finished up with a cool down (and The Doctor saving the day again) and had something like 6k done for the day.  My conversion skills suck.  1.33km elliptical plus 2.79 mi (4.5km?) treadie...  close enough...


Another day, another workout.  It was nice to workout "with" my girls...even if I was in a couple of different worlds while Tony yelled at them.

Three Things Thursday - Back on the Wagon Edition

Lookit me getting all posty-posty this week on the blog!   Almost makes me feel like I'm back on the wagon again.

1) I started the Advanced Kettleworx DVDs this week and MAAAAAAAAN am I feeling them.  I almost cry when I feel a sneeze coming on.  

S'ok...it's a good hurt.  The kinda hurt that gets me somewhere.  Very important to note - it is only 121 days until I hit the beach.   I have some work to do.

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2) I am very excited that the stand mixer I am coveting is coming back on sale this week.   I am hoping it will help inspire me to prep meals ahead of time.  After all - once it's in my kitchen, I am going to want to use it.  A lot!

Soooo pretty.   One step closer to my aqua and red retro kitchen ;)

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3) I am feeling good about the upcoming weekend.  I have 20k to run (very important since I had a stomach bug last weekend and ended up skipping my long run - AGAIN!), meals to prep, and a marathon training plan to map out.  Oh - and books to read.  Many many books to read.   Oh and some knitting.   The knitting part is important too - so many people having babies this year! And getting married.   So much to do...so little time.

Ok - the weekend will be busy.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Kettleworx Review

I know I have mentioned it here or there over the past few months but I have never really gone too deep with details about the program.  As it sits, I can only review the workouts in the starter kit and cannot touch on the meal plan since I didn't do it.

Kettleworx is an infomercial workout DVD set centred around kettlebells.  The instructor is a Canadian - Ryan Shanahan - and I found him to be gentle and encouraging.  Jillian Michaels, he is not.  If you are looking for a video instructor to scream at you or make you cry - you will not find that here. Quite simply - Ryan is likeable and the kind of guy I think I'd want as my trainer if I was ever at a gym.
The premise behind the series is:
  • Workouts under 30 mins each
  • 3 days a week - one day each for core, strength and cardio
  • Minimal equipment - you pretty much just need a kettlebell and a mat.  Some of the ladies I worked out with found they could easily adapt the exercises to a dumbbell.
The workouts themselves are easy yet challenging.  You aren't doing endless lunges or mind-numbing kettlebell swings for the whole 20-some minutes of each workout.  I have worked out with videos for years and still found there to be some new-to-me exercises included.

Each video is made up of separately filmed clips that have been combined in different ways to create the workout. The warmup and cool down are identical in all of the workouts.  The core video consists of 3 sets of the same exercises, while int he strength and cardio videos, there are only 2 repeats. While you may do the same exercises in many of the videos, they are distinctly different workouts.  Best of all - each disk has 6 separate workouts on it so you never do the same sequence twice.  In the two rotations I did - I found that I was never bored.

There are some counting inconsistencies in a couple of the exercises, but it doesn't take long to realize when you need to add or subtract reps from each side.  Some of the ladies in my workout group got to the point where they would just work one side per set and switch for the second set.

As for results...well - I ate like crap the first time I did it, but I still saw incredible strength gains (for me).  My core strength was significantly better at the end of the first 6 weeks, even though I hadn't lost weight.  And I was feeling these in muscles I had forgotten about after EVERY WORKOUT...and I did that first round with a 5lb kettlebell.  The second time I did the rotation - with an 8lb kettlebell -  I was on DietBet and saw better results and lost about 10lbs.

I like the set.  A lot.  So much so that I decided to carry on and do the Advanced set now.  I'm flying solo since my workout group decided they wanted to be screamed at by Tony Horton, but even I think I can stick to 30 mins, 3 times a week on my own at home.  I may even drag Hubby along for the ride this time!  I'll be back with a review of the advanced set in a few weeks time.  My hope is that if I can clean up my diet and stick to this and running - I can be down quite a few pounds before I really amp up my marathon training.

* I was not compensated in any way for this review.  I purchased all of the Kettleworx videos myself and just wanted to share my experience to anyone who may be looking for something to add to their workouts.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Where Blogging and Life Collide

Hola!  Remember me?  I used to torture your blog feeds almost daily once upon a time.  That'd be back before November, in case you were wondering or if you've stumbled in here recently. I do want to be here more, I just haven't been able to.  Between side projects and a job that has had me super busy for months...my hands just have't been keyboarding here at Read.Write.Run.Mom much recently.

And I really miss it.

How did I get so busy.  How did I get TOO busy to blog?  It's not like I am at any shortage of words.  It's not like my typing speed has diminished to the point of non-existence.  It's simply been life...and days that are too short for the number of words I have to spill.

2014 is bringing a new perspective to so much of my life.  I have this strong need to edit so much of my life, but I want this to be a place where I can spill over.  I want the rest of my life to become streamlined so I can share the simple joys that I have in reading and writing.  In running.  In momma-ing.

I am two weeks away from the onset of Marathon training.   Do I feel ready for that?  No.  Do I feel ready for the half marathon I run right before I delve into that training plan?  Definitely no.

Do I feel fat and tired?  Hell yeah.  Do I feel motivated?  Not really.  Do I feel like I have too many people trying to "help" me when I haven't asked for their help?  Yep.   Do I feel like I need time alone to figure things out?  Uh YEAH!  

2014 has so much possibility to shine for me.  I am not burdening myself with a heavy race calendar this year.  I want to see gains in my long distances and I know that will come if I can only focus on them.

I don't have all of the answers and this is just me spilling a few words across my keyboard in the hopes that I can make some sense of them.  Most of it boils down to one thing, though...I haven't been taking my me time lately and it is starting to affect me pretty seriously.  My running has taken a back seat for a few months and that is not a good thing.  I am now starting to see exactly how much it actually holds the rest of my life together.  It is beyond being the glue...it is the epoxy of my life and I need to make nurturing it a priority before I wake up one morning and find the tube is dried out and useless.

Stay tuned.   I have some planning to do and then I will be back with a vengeance. You will once again be tortured by my seeming endless stream of selfies and running minutae...and it will be AWESOME!

MOMday: Ready for School

This past week brought Kindergarten registration to our world. The twins are beyond ready for school.  It is all they think about.  All they care about. Everything they do is to get them closer tot he day they can put on backpacks with school books and enter the hallowed halls of their school in Langdon.   It probably helps that we drive past it everyday on the way to their new dayhome.  Buggie will brightly announce "Look, momma!  There's my school!  It's dark right now but soon people will be there to learn stuff!"

Yes, Buggie.  There's your school.

As life would have it - I had written to the school months before to make sure I had all of the forms and dates I needed.  Then, early January brought some insanity to my work and Kindergarten registration almost completely slipped my mind.  Until the day it opened!  And I was at work.  Well - not for long.  A nasty storm forced me to hit the highway early and when I was waiting for my work laptop to boot up at home - I suddenly remembered that the week was upon us.  I called the school to see how long of a process it would be and then rushed to fill out the forms and get over there.

No way was I going to be the momma who forgot to register her kids for Kindergarten!

What I didn't expect, though, was how I would feel as I walked through the main doors of the school.

(Source)


You see - I've never really been one for "mommy moments".  When I dropped my kids off at their first dayhome on my first day back to work after spending nearly 2 years at home with them - I wasn't a sobby mess.  I had a few moments when Doodle had separation anxiety a couple of weeks in...but nothing super bad.  My kids are my business and in many ways, I run life as a mom as a business.  I need to do certain things to make sure other certain things fall into place.   If I spend too much time overthinking it - motherhood would become an unbearable burden.  I would start to drown in all of the things I wasn't doing.  So I don't do that.  I get it done and we move forward as a family.

But Kindergarten registration.  That hit me hard.   I was unprepared - not only in letting it sneak up on me, but also in how I would feel about it.

I had a mommy moment.  One where I nearly cried in the main office.  Being surrounded by little kids who didn't look much bigger than Buggie and Doodle made me realize - my doppelganger babies are growing up.   As much as I have prepared myself for it, I guess I wasn't prepared so well after all.

But, despite my moment - I got it done.  My moment passed as quickly as it came on and the twinners are now just one of at least three sets of twins starting in Kindergarten in Langdon this fall.  Yep - you read that right.  By noon on the first day of registration - 15 kids had registered...and 6 of them had a twin.  I have a feeling this will be an interesting social experiment.  Makes me wonder about the rate of twin registration and if it kept growing as the week went on.  (That number doesn't account for at least one set of twins we know about in town.)

Maybe Langdon will finally admit they maybe shouldn't have been fiddling with the water back in 2008...just saying.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Reads: After Dead by Charlaine Harris

This book is simply an alphabetical listing of the characters from the Southern Vampire series and details of what happened to them after the series ended.

It could also be called "Who was that character, anyway?"

Seriously.  If a name was mentioned in the series - she wrote a blurb about what happened to them.  And, quite honestly - I didn't know half of the characters in there.

and the ones I did care about (Sam, Eric, Quinn etc), well, their blurbs were so short and detail-less that I was just disappointed.  The only good thing about it was that it was a really fast read.  Less than an hour of my life that I can never get back.

I think it's safe to just close the door on this series now.  True Blood is ending after this next season - perhaps the books can be laid to rest as well.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Reads: Capsule Wardrobe Essentials by Alexandra Jimenez

Full title:  Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: How to Pack Light with a 10 Piece Packing List

If you follow me on Pinterest, you have surely noticed that my life has started to revolve around planning my trip to the Dominican Republic this coming spring.  I have one mission and one mission only - to pack a family of 4 by carry-on only for a week-long vacation...and one with a wedding in the middle of it. and to look good doing it.

Enter Capsule Wardrobe Essentials.   I have been following the Travel Fashion Girl blog for a while and this book was mentioned more than a few times so I bit the bullet and downloaded it to my Kindle app.

Am I ever glad I did.  While I think Pinterest more than supplies the details for packing all of the stuff into a carry on - it isn't helping me plan wardrobes and this book did precisely that.  It talks about how to plan your clothing around a colour story so all of the pieces work together and gives valuable tips on packing for warm and cold climates.   It also discusses the pitfalls of travel clothing and how to make sure that your packed wardrobe is ready for anything.

It is a quick read and a valuable one - particularly since I have three girls to prepare for this trip and two of them are identical twins who need to have a quick identifier for the family who will be there (many have never met them or spent time with them).  I think , thanks to this book, I am now armed with the tools to make it happen.

Now if only I could find decent rolling backpacks for the girls....

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Workout Wednesday: What I Learned from a Month of Streaking



Ah, December.  The month I ran the Strides Run Streak and killed it!  



I never for one second ever thought I would make it the full month.  Even with the only requirement being "a minimum one mile of forward motion".  I figured I would end up quitting and leaving it at that.

Then I made it 5 days.  Then 10.   At tend days, I nearly talked myself out of it, but I decided to do it anyway.  By 15, I had made it halfway.  At 20, I was tired, but I knew if I quit then, my Runner Girls would never let me live it down.  So I kept going.  31 days.   Actually - it was more like 33 days since I ended up starting November 28.

33 days of running.  and here's what I learned...

1) One mile a day isn't much.  1.6K and done.  Somedays that's all you have to do - most days you'll do more.

  • 9 days, I only logged that minimum mile.  Most of those days were actually 2k.  I think I only had one that was 1.85k (so, still more than a mile really).
  • 6 days I did 3k. 
  • The rest I did at least 4.5.  

2) A Streak is a good time to find peace with one's treadmill

My treadmill and I have had a difficult relationship in the almost 2 years since it entered my life.  I am happy to have it, but I didn't go to it easily.  Having such a miserably cold December made me rely on it much more than I expected.   In fact - only a handful of my streak runs were completed outside.  I learned that if I go fast on the treadmill - I loathe it - but if I slow my pace - I can actually enjoy it.   Plus - it lets me indulge in geeky pleasures like Doctor Who and there's nothing wrong with that.  My treadmill and I are almost friends nowadays.

3) It is possible to heal during a streak

My calf had been giving me a considerable amount of grief, going into December.  It really hurt to run.  Some days it was hurting to get out of bed.  I had hubby massage it a couple of times at the start of the streak but then I let the streak do the rest.  By the end of the month - the tightness was gone.  By slowing my pace down and concentrating on listening to my body - my calf had come further than months of rolling it had achieved.  

I am not kidding myself that it is completely healed, but in December, I saw greater progress with it than I have in all of the months since July.  It made me realize that slow and easy needs to be my strategy for the rest of winter.  No speeding.  Just slow and heal and be strong and pain free for my marathon.  THAT is an idea I can throw myself fully into!

4) You can run your highest mileage month of the year by doing a mile-a-day streak

Yep - I ran my highest mileage month of 2013 in December. Even having run Goofy in January.


5) A mile is a mile no matter how long it takes

Just keep moving forward. It is okay to walk. And if you can involve your family - you'll find it easier to get that forward motion in everyday.  That's how I got my 2k in on Christmas day - we took a post-dinner walk as a family.  It was a nice way to wind down after the excitement of the day and the girlies got to see fireworks since some redneck was setting them of fin their backyard along the way.


Would I do another streak?  You betcha.  It was a great way to keep me moving.  It also helped me win my Diet Bet, since I was spending my evenings on the treadmill instead of snacking in front of reruns.  I don't think I'll do another one over CHRISTMAS since that is a really busy time of year for our family, and definitely not right after a month of Nanowrimo...but I would definitely do it again.  Maybe a July run streak or something.   Sounds like it might be a good way to recover from a marathon... #foodforthought.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Reads: Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland

I actually read this one earlier in December before the Holiday Book Roundup.  Funny enough, I should have written this review then and didn't, but I actually remember the whole book clearly nearly a month later and that NEVER happens with me.  Usually as soon as I start the next book, details start to fuzz up a bit.

This one is another Coupland classic.  Quirky and often politically incorrect, it tells the story of Raymond Gunt - a videographer who thinks he is the shit.  Unfortunately, what he thinks is normal and admirable about himself is exactly why everyone around him hates him.  he treats people poorly while thinking he is doing them a favour and everything he does is for his own personal gain because, in his mind, he is so amazing that just being able to exist on the planet at the same time as him should be considered a great priviledge.

Coupland paints one of his most colourful characters yet in Gunt.   Raymond ends up scoring a job working on the hit TV show "Survival" in the South Pacific, through the agency of his ex-wife.   Through a series of misadventures, he finally arrives on the island to start working with his assistant (a homeless man he "did a favour for" by hiring him).  On one of the adventures, a government official calls him the "worst. person. ever."  and he lives up to the title time and time again as he works his way around the world on a hunt for epic sexual experiences and talking himself up every step of the way.

I loved reading this book.   It's no secret that I am a huge Coupland Fan and this book was exactly what I was expecting...except...the ending fell a bit flat for me.  It was like it was supposed to be a surprise ending but it didn't really make sense and the more I thought about it afterwards, the less I liked the ending.  Though I suppose Raymond just got what he deserved.

I'll leave it at that.  Read the book and let me know int he comments what you thought of the ending.

My 2014

After completing my 36 resolutions list last year, I feel like I have done enough resolutions to last a lifetime, but I still have goals I'd like to see in 2014

Drink 2L of water every day - I have been so bad at this for the last year.  I used to drink a ton of water.  I need to get back to it.  I will aim for one bottle in the morning and one bottle in the afternoon.  It's easy to sip away at work.

Run marathon #3 - registered yesterday for Banff Marathon on June 22.  Now to work out my training plan.  THAT is my goal for this weekend.  As for a time goal?  I don't know.  I think if I train better - I can go sub-5hr.  Yes - that's slow, but it would still be a 45+ min PR for me...

Strength train 3x/week - Do-able.  I've almost been doing this one for the past 3 months.  Only downside is that I will be doing it at home instead of on my lunch hours as I move into Level 2 of Kettleworx

Watch all 7 seasons of Doctor Who...er, I mean work out enough on my treadie or bike so I can watch all 7 seasons.  Yeah.  That's what I meant.

and the ever-present...lose weight. - I want to look good and feel confident both on our trip and at the wedding I am in in August.  I can't let the marathon 15 pile on.

which brings us to - plan and prep my meals better.

I also have some non-fitness goals but I probably won't chronicle them here.

1) to work on my personal style (or lack of style) - that could be a blog all on it's own since there is a lot of work needed...

2) To save money.  I might actually talk about this one a bit on here since I found an easy saving plan on Pinterest that I am going to attempt.  Even if it means having my October trip to Vancouver paid for by the time it arrives - I'll be happy.

3) Read 50 books.  This could be tough...or not.   Just need to make it a priority.  Maybe if I go to bed earlier. Or forego Nano next November and make it a goal to read A LOT!

Edited to add:
4) Editing! I've been nattering about that one for months.  I can't believe I forgot to put it on the list!!!  Edit my book.  Edit my possessions. Edit edit edit!  2014 is mainly the year of the edit.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy 2014!

Happy new year, my friends!

I meant to check in yesterday and talk about finishing the streak and setting goals for 2014 and all of that other mumbo jumbo crap, but then I didn't.  Meh.  Life happens.

I still have my thoughts on the run streak percolating in my brain so I will write about that and what I learned along the way very soon.  Maybe even tomorrow if I have a chance.

Goals...well there is a whole 'nother kettle of worms.  I'm still working on them.  But I did decide to act on the biggie...today, I registered for this


I had thought about registering back at the start of December when registration opened, but then I had an epiphany.  In 2013 - the inaugural Marathon had to be cancelled due to the flood.  And nobody got refunds.   What if it happens again?  By waiting until the new year to register, I was able to claim it against my Wellness Spending Account at work to take that worry off of me.   After all - I don't have $155 kicking around to lose - who does?   My Spending Account lets me claim race fees so why not?

Now I can train and run the race, but if it gets cancelled again, at least I'm not out the money.

Besides, since I had to miss Calgary's 50th year - why not run a full - 3 weeks later - in one of the most beautiful places on earth?

I pressed the submit button - so now I have to do it :)  Wish me luck!  Guess I'd better make my first goal be "Lay out that training plan"